Employment Opportunity: Faculty in Religion and Philosophy - Fall 2020

Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), a comprehensive Christian university, offers over 60 areas of study, 19 master’s degrees in seven different disciplines and one doctoral degree. In addition to its 90-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers 26 online degree programs as well as courses at a regional campus in Idaho Falls. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and more than 11,000 continuing education and concurrent credit students. NNU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities, and has been rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top master’s level universities in the West and a “Best Value” for delivering a high quality education at a remarkably affordable price. The university’s location in the Boise valley provides a wealth of regional opportunities: easy access to local ski resorts, mountain hiking, and river rafting; and a wide array of cultural opportunities from the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra to the National Oldtime Fiddlers Festival. NNU has a long and deep association with the Church of the Nazarene, and all University faculty commit themselves to living out their faith in a community shaped by serious scholarship and vital Christian piety.

Department Statement

The School of Theology and Christian Ministries at Northwest Nazarene University has a respected tradition of service to the institution, the denomination, the region, and the communities of southwest Idaho. The School consists of the undergraduate Department of Philosophy and Religion (which services the general education program of the University and offers several academic majors: Philosophy, Philosophy/Religion, Christian Ministry, Intercultural Ministries, Youth Ministries, and Biblical Studies) and the graduate Department of Theology and Christian Ministries (which offers fully online Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, and Master of Arts in Leadership and Formation. The School presently consists of ten full-time faculty members who are actively engaged in both academic research and church ministry.

Description of Position

The School of Theology and Christian Ministries of Northwest Nazarene University is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track faculty member (Professor of Practical Theology, rank open) to begin in the Fall of 2019. This position will include courses in intercultural ministry (at both the undergraduate and graduate levels) along with other areas of practical theology that reflect the candidate’s expertise and interests, and/or courses in the undergraduate general education curriculum.  Courses will include both traditional (i.e., face-to-face) and online modalities that reflect the dimensions of the School’s curricula, along with academic advising and other faculty responsibilities within the University and School.  This faculty member will also serve as a partner in broader University-wide initiatives to recruit and serve a more diverse faculty and student body.  Depending on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience, this faculty member could be appointed to a significant campus leadership role in these diversity initiatives.  As a mission-driven institution, NNU believes that efforts to build a more diverse university should reflect our core theological values; the pairing of this faculty appointment in the School of Theology and Christian Ministries with a leadership role in our emerging diversity initiative is a practical affirmation of this belief.
Northwest Nazarene University is sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene and seeks to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the body of Christ in its faculty, staff, administration and students. All those interested are encouraged to apply and will be evaluated equitably. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants are required to have a minimum of a completed master’s degree in intercultural ministry or a related discipline, with the expectation that a doctoral program will be completed as part of the tenure process (if not already completed at time of application). Strong candidates will have significant experience in intercultural ministry as well as understanding teaching ministry as a Christian vocation. Strong candidates will also value teaching and mentoring a variety of students and the place of theological scholarship. Candidates need to be ordained ministers or pursing ordination in the Church of the Nazarene. The University and School require that all candidates approach theology from a Wesleyan theological perspective, be in agreement with the mission and doctrines of the Church of the Nazarene, agree to live within the mission and lifestyle values of NNU, be willing to help advance the mission and vision of the University, and be an active participant in the Church of the Nazarene.


​The salary will be determined by the educational background and experience of each applicant and will be discussed with individual candidates as they are invited to interview for this position. Full-time faculty will be offered access to a benefits package including health, vision and dental insurance for employee and family, life and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending plan, tuition benefits for employee and dependents, opportunities for professional development, sabbatical experiences, and a retirement program.

Application Process

To be considered for this position, a complete application must be received, including all of the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Application form
  • Curriculum vita
  • Responses to the NNU Christian Mission
    • Statement of your personal faith journey
    • Statement describing your philosophy of Christian higher education
    • Statement describing your philosophy of teaching
  • Two reference letters from professional associates
  • Letter of reference from current pastor
  • Transcripts (unofficial acceptable for the hiring process, official required upon hire)
Send, fax or email completed application packet to:
Human Resources
Northwest Nazarene University
623 S. University Boulevard
Nampa, ID 83686
Phone: (208) 467-8036
Fax: (208) 467-8587
Review of applications to begin immediately and continue until position is filled. The start date for this position is Fall of 2020.

Employment at Northwest Nazarene University is contingent upon the results of an independent background check.

Posted Mar 28, 2019

Northwest Nazarene University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an educational institution operating under the auspices of the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees on the basis of religion (Title VII, Sections 702-703, United States Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended).